“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).
The Lord calls the believers to salvation “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). God sets before men life and death and urges them to choose life, but He does not interfere with their contrary choice, nor can He protect them from its natural results. The Lord permitted Adam and Eve to choose disobedience. Because any love relationship that is not voluntary is useless. And where there is love there is no forcing.
Therefore, the first role of the believer is to choose the Lord and accept by faith His offer of salvation. Then, the second role of the believer is to abide in the Lord through the study of the word and prayer “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4). A continuous abiding in a living connection with Christ is essential for growth and fruitfulness. To abide in Christ means that the soul must be in daily in constant communion with Jesus Christ and must live His life (Gal. 2:20).
It is not possible for one branch to depend upon another for its vitality; each must maintain its own personal relationship to the vine. Each member must bear its own fruits. And it is impossible for man in his own strength to overcome sin. But through Jesus everything is possible “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). All that needed to be done could be done by Christ-given strength. When the divine commands are faithfully followed, the Lord makes Himself responsible for the success of the work undertaken by the Christian.
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